'The Iceman' grabs a great cast
And, yeah, yeah, I love Franco. But dig this entire cast. Michael Shannon and Benicio Del Toro? Let's throw in Nicolas Cage with Werner Herzog directing, and we've got a Kim Morgan Dream Movie.
Here's more from TheWrap.
Michael Shannon, Benicio Del Toro and James Franco have signed onto star in the mob-killer biopic "The Iceman," according to a joint announcement put out by the film's co-producers, Millennium Films and Bleiberg Entertainment.
"Shannon will play the role of real-life hitman Richard Kuklinski, who confessed to over 100 contract killings, many of them involving his signature disposal method of freezing the remains.
Del Toro will play Roy Demeo, Kuklinski's mob employer, while Franco will take on the role of fellow contract killer Mr. Softee. Ariel Vromen will direct a screenplay he co-wrote with Morgan Land.
Let's celebrate with his best movie
In honor of David Lynch's birthday (he turns 65), let's look at his best movie: Mulholland Dr.":
David Lynch gets America. America the beautiful, America the bizarre. We can discuss how "weird" he is, how inscrutable his movies can be, how much he loves oddly conceived babies, oddly shaped humans, oddly pale-faced Robert Blake, oddly obsessed Crispin Glover and his "lunch!", but the man gets what drives our subconscious, our sweet dreams, our nightmares.
So naturally, Lynch understands one of the oddest cities on earth -- Los Angeles. With his brilliant, labyrinthine "Mulholland Dr.," a movie that started out like a jilted starlet (it was an axed TV pilot) he digs underneath our peculiar Hollywood system -- a system that pedals dreams, desire, sex, money, magic -- dreams that have the ability to spread like a celluloid sickness all over America (especially during the 2000’s. Did he know how prescient he was going to be?). Through the bright-eyes of innocent Betty (Naomi Watts, in a career defining performance), a starlet seeking fame in La La land, he presents a twisted, romantic, funny, terrifying and deeply emotional mystery involving a gorgeous amnesiac, a monster behind a diner, a persona altering box, a pair of elderly folks who slither under doors, and a director who answers to a dwarf, a mobster and a cowboy. And let’s not forget Coco.
A nice profile on the interesting director
And "The Price is Right" is of no surprse to me. Didn't anyone Ellen Burstyn's drug induced TV episodes in "Requiem for a Dream"?
The Independent goes into it:
"Most people familiar with the director's work would choose another word: obsession. His latest picture, the ballet thriller Black Swan, sees a crazed Natalie Portman driven to madness and violence in pursuit of dance perfection. Melodramatic, sumptuously photographed, and with lesbian sex scenes to leave audiences breathless with outrage or excitement, it is likely to win Oscar nominations for both its star and its director.
"Yet Aronofsky's private life is currently about as blissful a place as his prima ballerina's dressing room. As he was making the aforementioned flop in 2005, he became engaged to Jackman's co-star, Rachel Weisz; their son Henry was born during post-production. Just as he's produced a hit, however, the couple have announced their separation, and she is now dating Daniel Craig. Before their split in November last year, Weisz insisted, "In life, [Darren] is very light-hearted. His favourite TV show is 'The Price Is Right.'"
"His films make that claim somewhat difficult to believe."
Sony nabs Morgan Spurlock's newest doc before it shows at Sundance
Here's more from The Hollywood Reporter:
"Sony Pictures Worldwide Acquisitions has acquired U.S. and Canadian rights to Morgan Spurlock's 'The Greatest Movie Ever Sold,' it was announced Thursday by SPWA president Steve Bersch.
"The Hollywood Reporter first reported that Sony was in active pursuit of the meta-docu which looks at product placement, branding and advertising in entertainment, with an eye toward making a pre-emptive buy before the movie's world premiere Saturday at the Sundance Film Festival.
What's new at the 2011 Fest
Here's a Sundance preview, from MSN's James Rocchi:
"Many of this year's Sundance films are from first-timers, and promise the sense of discovery and newness that can be found only at Sundance -- like Andrew Okpeaha MacLean's 'On the Ice,' a story of secrets and crime in the Inuit community of Barrow, Alaska, or Evan Glodell's slacker-pocalypse drama 'Bellflower,' where two friends avidly hope for the end of the world so they can finally unleash the weird gadgets and personas they've been dreaming of.
"But there are, as ever, plenty of alumni at Sundance for this year's festival (running Jan. 20-30), whether it's Morgan Spurlock, returning years after his 2004 documentary 'Super Size Me' with 'The Greatest Story Ever Sold,' or Miguel Arteta, bringing the big comedy 'Cedar Rapids' 13 years after his debut film, 'Star Maps.' Even Kevin Smith, whose 'Clerks' was a cause célèbre in 1994, is back with a horror film, 'Red State' -- with a promise to not screen the film for critics, and crowing about how that he'll auction the film off at the Sunday night premiere -- not after, but in the theater itself.
Host said 'totally unacceptable' things
While Ricky Gervais wasn't on top of it all night at the Golden Globes and treated the event like a roast, what the heck did organizers expect? Have they ever seen his stand-up or "Extras" or "The Office"?
Mean is part of the routine. Mean, with a healthy dose of self-deprecation and poignancy (though critics didn't see much of that this year).
So now, in an exclusive to The Hollywood Reporter, HFPA President Philip Berk said, "Some of the things he said were totally unacceptable."
Well ... come on. Why not hire Howard Stern and then act shocked when he spouts something "unacceptable"?
Here's more from THR:
"Add Hollywood Foreign Press Association president Philip Berk to the chorus of those who believe that Ricky Gervais went too far as host of the Golden Globes on Sunday night.
"'The head of the group responsible for the awards show says that while he felt the show itself was 'terrific,' he too felt that Gervais' jokes about specific celebrities were too much.
"'He definitely crossed the line,' Berk tells The Hollywood Reporter. 'And some of the things were totally unacceptable. But that's Ricky.'"
Critics always pick my favorites
But ... oh it gets tiresome reading who messed up, especially when people do it on purpose, like wearing mismatched shoes.
So, sorry, there are some people you just slowly back away from because they are allowed to dress however they please.
Why? Because one, they are their own creations, individuals no one can emulate and, two, they don't care what the fashion police think.
This one, the David Bowie-inspired Tilda Swinton:
James Franco to direct and star in movie about famed serial killer
And not just director, but director and star of a biopic. And whose illustrious life is James Franco taking on?
Richard Ramirez, aka the Night Stalker.
I've read the book the movie is adapting (Philip Carlo's profile on Ramirez) and can say that it's actually quite good, not the usual serial killer exploitation rush job. So the movie has to be interesting, or it will just feel ... relentlessly sickening.
Here's more from MSN:
"James Franco has signed on to portray serial killer Richard Ramirez in a new film that will also mark his major motion picture directorial debut.
According to the New York Post, Franco will direct and star in "The Night Stalker," the big-screen version of Philip Carlo's book about 1980s serial killer Ramirez, who was found guilty of 13 counts of murder, five attempted murders, 11 sexual assaults and 14 burglaries.
Nicholas Constantine, who co-wrote the adapted screenplay, confirmed Franco's collaboration. 'I had no idea if he would do it, though, since it's pretty dark subject matter,' he said. 'They told me he was studying to be a director and this was perfect for him. We watched three short films he made, two of which were dark and one of which was about a serial killer. That confirmed James definitely had this dark side, and it definitely sealed the deal for us. Sure enough, James read the material and responded to it immediately.'"